HORSHAM Motorcycle Club is gearing up for the biggest motocross tournament the Wimmera has ever seen.
More than 520 junior riders aged between eight and 16 will compete in the 2013 KTM Australian Junior Motocross Championship at Dooen, starting Saturday.
The week-long event runs until October 4, with more than 2000 visitors expected in the Wimmera.
Club president Kenny Watts said the event had endless benefits for the region.
“Horsham’s already on the map for the events that we’ve run here,” he said.
“But when the complex is completely finished, it’s going to be something that’s the envy of every club in Australia.
“The Wimmera has never seen an event of this scale – this is a one-time event and there’s nothing that will mirror this.
“It’s going to be a great event. Everywhere around town will be packed out.”
Watts said a handful of Wimmera riders would strut their stuff against some of the nation’s best juniors.
“They’ll go out there and fly the flag – not only for themselves and their families, but the Wimmera as a whole,” he said.
“We’ll be very proud of them when they go out there and give it their all, and some of them are capable of finishing on the podium.”
Some of the region’s hopes include Cameron Grayson of Quantong, Jack Mentha of Haven, Daniel Purtle and Bailey Thomas of Horsham, Cory Watts of Warracknabeal and Toby and Solly Marshall of Netherby.
Along with Australian riders, there will be international competitors from New Zealand, the United States and Sri Lanka.
Riders to watch include 2012 65CC world champion Caleb Grothues, Victorian Junior Motocross 125cc and 250cc champion Wayde Carter and Victorian girls champion Emma Milesevic.
Test rides and heats are scheduled from Saturday to Wednesday, with finals running on Thursday and Friday.
There will be nine boys and two girls’ titles up for grabs, along with the two major titles – the 15-year-old open 250CC and 125CC.
The heats and practice days are free for the public to watch, with the finals costing a gold coin donation which will go towards Wimmera Against Kids with Cancer.
Action starts at 9am each day.